Patrice Bergeron-Cleary is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre presently affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) as the franchise’s alternate captain. Representing Canada in the international level, he has accumulated gold medals at the 2004 World Championships, 2005 World Junior Championships, 2010 Winter Olympics, and 2014 Winter Olympics. A native of Quebec, Bergeron took part in the 1998 and 1999 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments as a member of a minor ice hockey team from Sainte-Foy, Quebec City. He was then part of the roster of the Acadie–Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the Bruins chose him as their 45th overall pick. Since making his NHL debut in the 2003-04 season, Bergeron has emerged as one of the most prolific players of the game. In 2011, he won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins. This effectively made him a member of the Triple Gold Club. Because of his exceptional two-way playing abilities, Bergeron has been awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy four times.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on July 24, 1985, in L'Ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada, Patrice Bergeron is the son of Gerald Clearly and Sylvie Bergeron. He has a brother named Guillaume.
During his minor hockey days, he was predominantly an A and AA athlete. As a member of a minor hockey team from Sainte-Foy, Quebec City, he took part in the 1998 and 1999 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournaments.
He was selected in the fifth round of the 2001 QMJHL Draft out of AAA Bantam hockey with the Sainte-Foy Gouverneurs. A year later, he participated in A hockey games with the Séminaire St-François Blizzard. He then joined the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
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After being chosen by the Boston Bruins as their 45th overall pick in 2003, Patrice Bergeron enjoyed an excellent rookie season, ending it with 16 goals and 39 points in 71 games.
He made an appearance at the NHL YoungStars Game in Minnesota as part of the 2004 All-Star weekend. In his first NHL playoffs, Bergeron appeared in seven games and recorded one goal and four points.
In his second season (2005-06) with the Bruins, he played 81 games, registering a career-high 31 goals and 73 points. However, the team failed to make it to the playoffs. According to the Bruins’ General Manager Mike O'Connell, the organization decided to form the team around Bergeron in 2005.
In the 2010-11 season, Bergeron played 80 matches in the regular season, scoring 22 goals and accumulating 57 points. In the playoffs, he appeared in 23 games, registering six goals and 20 points.
In the Stanley Cup finals in 2011, the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 to become that season’s champions. On 15 June, in game seven, he and Brad Marchand each scored two of Boston Bruins' goals.
After winning the Stanley Cup, Bergeron became the 26th inductee into the Triple Gold Club, a group of ice hockey players and coaches who have received the top prizes at the Olympics, World Championships, and Stanley Cup.
He is also the three-time winner of the Prince of Wales Trophy (2011, 2013, and 2019) and was included in the NHL All-Star Game twice (2015 and 2016). Due to his four (2012, 2014, 2015, and 2017) Frank J. Selke Trophy wins, he is tied with Bob Gainey’s record of the most wins of the award.
Widely regarded as one of the foremost two-way forwards in the game today, Bergeron continues to play for the Bruins in the NHL. In past, he played the 2004-05 American Hockey League (AHL) season for the Providence Bruins and the 2012-13 season of Switzerland’s National League (NLA) for Lugano.
In 2004, Bergeron took part in the first major international competition of his career, that year’s Ice Hockey World Championships. He played nine games and helped Canada claim the top prize of the tournament. In the following year, he was part of the Canadian squad that won the gold medal at the IIHF World U20 Championship.
At the 2010 Winter Olympics, which was held at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Bergeron played a pivotal role in Canada’s gold-medal-winning campaign.
Canada also won the gold medal in the next Winter Olympics, which was organised in Sochi, Russia in 2014.
He has helped the Canadian national team win gold medals at the 2012 Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, Canada.
Family & Personal Life
Patrice Bergeron began dating Stephanie Bertrand sometime in 2006. She obtained a psychology degree from Laval University, Quebec City, in 2011. The couple exchanged wedding vows in 2013.
They have three children together. Their oldest, a son named Zack, was born on October 21, 2015. He was followed by a girl named Victoria in 2017. On December 2, 2018, they welcomed another boy into the world. The couple prefers to keep the children away from unnecessary media attention.